Renewable electricity generation in Scotland has reached a new record high – with production up 13% in the first quarter of this year, compared to 1Q2016.
There was also a 16% increase in capacity, and more than half of all gross electricity consumption in Scotland continues to come from renewables.
And across the UK, renewables’ share of electricity generation (hydro, wind and other renewables) increased in the same period from 25.6 per cent last year to 26.6 per cent in 1Q2017 Q1, mostly due to increased wind and solar capacity.
Renewable electricity generation was a record 24.8 TWh in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 5.1 per cent on the same period a year earlier (all figures compiled by the Dept for Business and Energy)
Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, commented: “Scotland’s total installed renewable capacity, that’s the amount of renewable electricity we are capable of producing, now stands at 9.3 GW – four times what it was only a decade ago.
“These statistics reinforce our country’s reputation as a renewable energy powerhouse and are a vindication of the Scottish Government’s energy policy.
“It’s important to remember the renewable electricity sector supports 26,000 jobs and has a turnover of £5 billion which is set to grow further as new capacity comes onstream. That’s why I am determined to ensure renewable power remains a key and growing component of our energy strategy — despite the UK Government’s withdrawal of vital funding.”
Meanwhile, the number of people switching their electricity supplier increased by 13 per cent between quarter 1 of 2016 and quarter 1 of 2017, with an estimated 1,231,000 transfers in quarter 1 of 2017, compared with 1,093,000 in the same three months of 2016.
The number of gas transfers increased by 7.7 per cent between quarter 1 of 2016 and quarter 1 of 2017, with an estimated 924,000 transfers in quarter 1 of 2017, compared with 858,000 in the same three months of 2016.